November 1st, 2010
02:33 PM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Ric O'Barry

Dolphin activist Ric O’Barry, subject of the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove,” will meet Tuesday with officials from the Japanese city of Taiji, where hundreds of dolphins are slaughtered each year after being herded into a secluded bay.

The meeting comes as part of a forum organized by the Association to Contemplate Taiji's Dolphin Hunt. The group, which includes the local fisheries union as well as politicians, says it’s not seeking a debate on the slaughter but rather hopes to “exchange relevant particulars in the first instance,” according to an Agence-France Presse report.

O’Barry, who once trained dolphins on the 1960s' TV show “Flipper,” said he and his Earth Island Institute “will continue to address these issues with respect for the people of Japan and will work with them to solve these problems.”

On his blog, he called on Japan’s government to tell its citizens what’s happening in Taiji, where he said the fishermen capture some of the dolphins for sale to aquariums and stab to death the rest.

“The Japanese people must be made aware of the killing of dolphins, which has been covered up by their government. ... The dolphin slaughter cannot be a Japanese cultural practice if the vast majority of the Japanese people don’t even know it is happening,” he said.

The meeting is open to the media but not to the public, according to AFP.

Jerry Jones

The owner of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys apologized to fans of “America’s Team” after Sunday's 35-17 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars put them at 1-6 and at the bottom of the NFC East.

Jones said he was “embarrassed” and “dumbfounded” by the team’s losing ways, according to reports. Many experts had picked the Cowboys, with a boatload of stars on the payroll and a shiny new stadium, to win their division and possibly the Super Bowl this season.

"I'm very, very, very sorry to our fans. You should have better than this," Jones said at a post-game news conference. “I should have and do take the ultimate, ultimate responsibility.”

The team’s record is its worst since Jones took over in 1989. The Cowboys finished 1-15 that year.

For this year’s Cowboys, there may not be any immediate relief in sight. Next up is a visit to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers, who shut out the New York Jets 9-0 on Sunday.

Samuel Waksal

Samuel Waksal is mounting a post-incarceration comeback.

The founder of ImClone Systems was sentenced in 2003 to more than seven years in prison and $4.3 million in fines for committing fraud and perjury. The federal judge in the case said Waksal had exhibited a “pattern of lawlessness and arrogance," according to a report at the time in the New York Daily News.

More people likely will remember an indictment that came a week ahead of Waksal’s sentencing. Martha Stewart was accused of securities fraud and other charges in connection with her sale of 4,000 ImClone shares the day before the stock plummeted. She eventually was imprisoned as well.

Waksal, who was released last year, is now focusing on his Kadmon Pharmaceuticals, which was “founded on its expertise of novel science,” according to a press release.

Though Hepatitis C therapies will be a company focus, Kadmon also will collaborate with universities and private companies to pioneer “medicines in the areas of oncology, infectious diseases and immunology.”

The New York Times reported that, despite being an ex-con, Waksal hasn’t had much trouble finding investors, and several reports indicate Kadmon isn’t having problems forging deals and alliances.

Waksal, for his part, lives far less lavishly than he did before his imprisonment, telling the Times that “I’m far more circumspect in every single thing I do in life.”

soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. azreal

    Nice how western ideals and culture trumps all

    November 1, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gilbert

    Army Nurse Deborah contact Mehdi General Dr. Bad. Please seek advice from his shrink and see if his medication can be increased. Thank You

    November 1, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. phil

    Sheesh! Good thing tunafish aren't cuddly. Ocean levels would rise from all these tears. That does it...think I'll rescue another pit bull puppy. People wrap duct-tape around puppies and throw them in the fight-pit to get the next dog warmed up. It's really sad. the last one I rescued was near dead when i found her. I named her Sandypie because her little tummy was caked with sand. The ASPCA in Idylwild, CA found her a home the day after I brought her to them. And guess what! I can visit her the next time I go there, and she got to keep the name I gave her!

    November 1, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. WhiteKong78

    Way to treat the only ocean animal that has been known to save humans from shark attacks.

    November 1, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. WhiteKong78

    Can we stop calling the Cowboys America's team? Nobody likes them really. Jones needs to fix the abysmal O line instead of paying receivers to drop balls.

    November 1, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    Dolphins are great and all, but be weary of them when you are surfing. Dolphins enjoy surfing just like we do, and they claim waves as their own just like some of us do. And they WILL knock the crapola right out of you if you fail to yield. Of course that was yrs. ago for me, but I'm sure it's still the same.

    November 2, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. David

    This is an important issue, and I am glad that CNN is covering it. The oceans belong to the entire world and these few people in Taiji must not be allowed to kill all the dolphins. Extinction is Forever.

    November 2, 2010 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. Almercedesmechanic

    people see " the cove " and after coment. thank you Ric

    December 1, 2010 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
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